Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 05, 2007 17:36 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Funding for Historica Remembrance Summit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 5, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Bev Oda, announced today that Canada's New Government will contribute $173,000 toward the Historica Foundation's 6-day Remembrance Summit.

"Canada's New Government is pleased to be working with Historica on such an ambitious and worthwhile project, that will help us to preserve and pass on a rich legacy of peace, freedom and identity," said Minister Thompson. "The summit has been organized to coincide with the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France, where close to 5,000 Canadian students will take part in a commemorative event at the newly restored Vimy Memorial."

The six-day learning event, for high school students and their teachers, will focus on the dedication of the restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial and formulation of a framework for remembrance entitled, "Remembrance for a New Generation."

"Canada's New Government is proud to invest in this Remembrance Summit," said Minister Oda. "Opportunities like this allow our youth from across the country to interact with one another, while experiencing and learning about our rich heritage."

Historica's Remembrance Summit will be held in Ottawa from April 8-14, 2007. The Summit will bring together approximately 80 high school students and 13 teachers from all provinces and territories. Participants will take part in panel discussions, debate ideas surrounding citizenship and remembrance and interact in real time with other student groups taking part in official events marking the dedication of Canada's newly restored Vimy Memorial in France. The resulting document, "Remembrance for a New Generation," will present educational approaches to the subject of remembrance from the students' own perspectives.

"Thanks to support from Veterans Affairs and Canadian Heritage, the participants of the Historica Remembrance Summit will gain a better understanding of the world in which they live", said Colin Robertson, President of Historica Canada. "I remain inspired by the students who have shown their commitment to keeping alive the history of those who served their country."

The initiative is being funded through Veterans Affairs Canada's Partnership Contribution Program and Canadian Heritage's Exchanges Canada Program.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Historica Foundation of Canada
    Morwenna White
    Community Outreach Coordinator
    416-506-1867 ext. 238
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Special Assistant - Communications